Thanks to Bangladesh’s upset defeat to Scotland in their tournament opener, this Group B fixture now has the makings of a knockout match for them.
Anything less than a win here could see them book a swift flight back for Dhaka. And even though, Oman are expected to present a lesser challenge than Scotland, nothing can be taken for granted – especially after Bangladesh’s loss and Oman’s crushing defeat of Papua New Guinea.
Against Scotland, Bangladesh weren’t outplayed or anything but they just did not go for the kill when on top and eventually came up short in crucial moments of the game.
Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim were guilty of being too slow in the run chase after the team lost both the openers early. Mahmudullah, too, took more time and balls than needed, eventually leaving too much to do for the lower order.
The Tigers now cannot afford to dawdle. Their angry fans would expect them to go for the jugular at the first sighting of the chance.
Oman will certainly be buoyed by their demolition of PNG in the opener. After restricting Guinea to just 129-9, their openers – Aqib Ilyas and Jatinder Singh – cruised to the target inside 14 overs.
That said, the tournament co-hosts had it easy in that 10-wicket win. Against Bangladesh, the bowling they’d face would certainly be much tougher.
The positives in bowling and batting aside, Oman captain should be concerned by his side’s poor show in the field. It did not matter against PNG but certainly would against better sides.